[ dih-teer-ee-uh-rey-ting ]
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  1. becoming worse or inferior in condition, character, quality, value, etc.: A deteriorating house, whatever the cause, will have an adverse effect on your real estate investment.Officials have warned of a deteriorating security situation in the disputed territory.

  2. disintegrating or wearing away: If what you have underneath is fabric or fiberglass, I’d be concerned that deteriorating paint is letting ultraviolet rays do their worst to your aircraft.

Origin of deteriorating

First recorded in 1680–90; deteriorate + -ing2

Other words from deteriorating

  • un·de·te·ri·o·rat·ing, adjective

Words Nearby deteriorating Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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